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Posted: 06 April 2010 03:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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My name is Coleman Thomas Lamb, and I am a 21-year-old native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  I graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School in 2007 and left to study English and History at Georgetown University.  In January, I left Georgetown and returned home to intern with a local non-profit committed to peace, unity, and economic prosperity in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Beginning inn August, I will pursue an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. 

My literary influences include a number of different writers and traditions, many of whom/which I’m sure I have yet to discover.  However, six specific works that had a notable impact on my life are: Dubliners/A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein, and The Corner by David Simon and Ed Burns.

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Posted: 13 April 2010 02:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi Coleman,

Thanks for joining.  Each submission automatically gets a “Discuss” link to a new forum topic specifically for that submission.  My original idea with that was to give short story writers a way to introduce the motivation and goals they had in writing the story.  There aren’t a lot of people who use it that way, but it’s a handy way to discuss a piece with its author.  I think those links might be a good way for you to connect with the other writers here.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.  New writers generally help keep things going around here.

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Posted: 13 April 2010 12:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hey Dave,

Thanks for the info.  I was a little confused but that helps clear things up.  I like that idea about writers offering a bit about what they were thinking while composing a certain story.  So, in your original idea, were you thinking that after an author posted a story, he/she would start off the discussion by posting a bit about motivations/goals?

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Posted: 13 April 2010 08:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Before or after.  When I had more free time, I wanted to write more, and had ideas kicking around in my head.  In order to try one out, I could just keep it in mind while making stuff up and writing it down, but I’d often get lost in the fiction and forget my original intent.  So I started writing my thoughts down first.  Then I could reread them as I made stuff up and adjust as necessary.  It’s like up-front design work, and it pays off a lot even just when I’m in normal conversations.  The alternative is flying by the seat of one’s pants, which is fun, of course, but often puts you on well-trodden paths and lets you fall into predictable patterns and forget why you started.

I probably should have mentioned all those things when I first created the feature.  But thanks for the opening!  Hopefully some other members will read this and benefit from it.

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